By M. James Penton
Since 1876, Jehovah’s Witnesses have believed that they're residing within the final days of the current global. Charles T. Russell, their founder, urged his fans that participants of Christ’s church will be raptured in 1878, and by means of 1914 Christ might smash the countries and identify his nation on the earth. the 1st prophecy was once no longer fulfilled, however the outbreak of the 1st global warfare lent a few credibility to the second one. Ever given that that point, Jehovah’s Witnesses were predicting that the realm may finish “shortly.” Their numbers have grown to many thousands in over 200 nations. They distribute one billion items of literature every year, and proceed to expect the tip of the world.
For virtually thirty years, M. James Penton’s Apocalypse Delayed has been the definitive scholarly learn of this spiritual move. As a former member of the sect, Penton deals a accomplished evaluation of the Jehovah's Witnesses. His e-book is split into 3 elements, every one featuring the Witnesses’ tale in a distinct context: old, doctrinal, and sociological. many of the matters he discusses are recognized to most people, comparable to the sect’s competition to army carrier and blood transfusions. Others contain inner controversies, together with political regulate of the association and the dealing with of dissent in the ranks.
Thoroughly revised, the 3rd variation of Penton’s vintage textual content comprises massive new info at the resources of Russell’s theology and at the church’s early leaders, in addition to insurance of significant advancements in the sect because the moment variation used to be released fifteen years ago.
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Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses, Third Edition by M. James Penton